Charles “Chuck” Lee Webber Jr. was born September 30, 1921 to Charles Lee Webber and Alice Elida Webber (Nee Smith) in Summit, New Jersey and Died February 5, 2022 at 100 years, 4 months and 6 days, in Missoula, Montana.
As a teenager, he was an outstanding track and cross- country runner in New York City. In 1942, he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps and married his high school sweetheart the former Ethel Stuart Waring. During World War II, Captain Webber, served as the 319th Bomb Group Squadron Navigator flying a Martin B-26 Maruader. In 1944, he flew 70 combat missions, and his squadron received numerous honors including the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, and two Distinguished Unit Citations for precision bombing while avoiding religious and historic locations in Rome, Italy. After World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 24 years.
Chuck received the Wyoming Young Man of the Year Award in 1955 for his community service, especially his work with the National Board of Directors for the Retarded Children. Following military retirement, he worked for the California State Disability Insurance Office. He was an avid reader, gardener, and athlete. His favorite poem, “If” by Rudyard Kipling, became his way of life. After 66 years of marriage, his wife Ethel passed away; and on November 16, 2012, Church married the former Margery Porter.
Chuck was preceded in death by his and Ethel’s children Pamela (Webber) Hanzlik, Marguerite “Peggy” Webber, Catherine Webber, and a daughter-in-law Diane Webber (Nee George).
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Margery Webber, his daughter Patricia Webber and son-in-law Kurt Stabbenbeck, his son Charles Webber III and daughter-in-law Diana Webber (Nee Adams). He is also survived by four grandsons and their wives: John Hanzlik, Charles (Angela) Webber IV, Daniel (Ashlee) Webber, and Christopher (Breanna) Webber; and six great-grandchildren: Nicolas Hanzlik, Charles Webber V, Katherine Webber, Nathaniel Webber, Benjamin Webber, and Morgan Webber.
Chuck will be dearly missed, but we know he made the most of his life and will impact many generations. We are thankful for him and blessed to have known him. He ran his race well.